Portage Thunder Take State Title

Photo of the Portage Thunder with the caption, "Portage Thunder Take State Title."
Mike Sever (Recordpub.com)
April 23, 2012
The Thunder, the basketball team made up of clients of the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities, recently won their first-ever Special Olympic state championship in basketball. In the final game, the team defeated Hardin County after trailing by 13 points at the half. The team was honored by the board of directors at their Wednesday meeting with certificates of outstanding achievement. Pictured from left are, front row, Shawn Heffernan, Michelle Reed, Chad Howe and Shanna Gentile; and back row, Joe Horner, Josh Horner, Coach George Paroz, Kevin Garlitz, Mason Lease, Jim Folan, Jason Servey, Chris Dejanovitz and Board President Brian Bialic. Also on the team but not present at the meeting were Jeremy Sands, Robert Lisonbee and Justin Lisonbee.